Unplugged Iced Barleywine | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Unplugged Iced BarleywineUnplugged Iced Barleywine

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-04-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage

A: Poured a deep coppr/reddish color with a small white head that disappeared quickly.

S: Nose is faint hops, malts plenty of dark fruits and spiciness with alcohol.

T: Taste is boozy, sherry, dried fruits(cherry for sure). Mouthfeel is boozy, dried fruits, some fig, raison, caramel,

M: Very sweet, sticky, booze still has lots of toffee, caramel and dark fruits

D: Very good

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz. red foil wrapped bottle; I do not recall who sent this, but suffice to say it was a kind Wisconsonite or close-by mid-western BA. Poured at cellar temperature to a 'Moinette' goblet.

A: The orange-brown color of an almond skin, good depth and a ruby tint when held to light. Carbonation is fairly strong, random bubbles and a few more vigorous trails. Hardly a head, a scant quarter-finger that breaks to a slim ring and swirling patch.

S: Sweet and malty, some overcooked candy and fading hops. A little berry fruit and earthiness tucked away nicely, otherwise a wafting woodiness and mildly sugary/desserty booze. 

T: For an English BW, this comes off as dry. No, I mean REALLY dry! Herbed, but moreso flowery - like chewing on leaves and petals! A little peppery with a hearty roast, latent raisiny/figgy sugars but, in the end, this is remarkably bitter - even after a number of months spent in a cool and dark cellar.

M: Good thickness and depth, a full on lip-smacking, tongue-grabbing chewiness. Medium-full mouthfeel overall, with a lean towards 'full'. Carbonation is a fuzzy background, woody alcohol is a warming blanket.

D: Hmm, pretty good. But 'pretty good' is a bit of a disappointment', based on other NG beers I've enjoyed. So be it - probably my fault for cellaring this hefty barleywine for 12-18 months. Or not? Glad for the try, but doesn't quite have the magic... Did I mention, that it's strong? Damn...

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got 3 bottles of this from someone, either Scoobydank or eyncognito. I'm leaning towards the latter, thanks in either case!

A clear, deep mahogany red with a dense, light brown head that recedes to a ring leaving no lace. Carbonation is light. The nose is great. Rich with a blend of toffee, caramel and a surprising cherry Dr. Pepper-like character. It also does have a rooh-afza -like character as well. Alcohol is surprisingly well-hidden, and the fruit character has some dates and raisins.

The palate opens with a blend of sherry, toffee and dark fruit. The oxidation works rather beautifully here. There's a surprising level of bitterness that's a blend of burnt sugar and hops, along with a mild nutty character as well. The mid-palate is sweet, reminding me of sweetened rose water. This rosy, floral character is interesting and rather unique. In addition, there's a mildly charred caramel sweetness too. Medium-full in body with light carbonation, the finish is solid with a blend of bitterness, sweetness and alcohol. Warming, this is particularly useful on a night like tonight. It's probably preferable to split this, given its heft, but I'm not complaining.

**Edit 17 Jan 2014**

3 years seems to be a good enough time to age a beer like this.

Beautiful nose, mildly oxidized with almonds, floral notes, caramel, brown sugar and a dark bready note. Toffee, nutty goodness, this. The palate is full, chewy, moderately sweet, a blend of grainy bread (dark wheat), toffee, and also, a little bit of fitness bread. Buckwheat honey, a little bit of dark maple syrup, this beer finishes with a little floral character and some nice honey, fruity flavors. Excellent. 4/4/4

**Edit 03 May 2015**
6 years seems to be long enough to hold onto this.

Not much has changed over the past year. If anything, the almond character has grown, along with some sherry. Nice floral character, and an increasing toffee note. Very nice.

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Photo of corby112
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

Pours a dark cherry amber/chestnut brown color with a thin half finger off-white head that quickly fades into a thin ring. Minimal spots of lacing.

Dark fruit aroma with hints of sweet alcohol, hops and rye malt.

Medium bodied with a balance of alcohol heat, dark fruit and subtle hops. Kind of hot up front with lots of alcohol sweetness that's countered by a decent malt backbone and dark fruit notes, notably cherry, plum, raisin and date. Well balanced with subtle warmth in the chest but at 13.5% the ABV is well masked making this beer pretty quaffable.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

good lookin out for this tick bobbizle

A: poured a reddish amber brown with pale yellow highlights when held up to the light and had almost no head leaving almost no lacing sticking to the glass.

S: very nice caramel sweetness upfront on the nose with candi sugar but had citrusy, hints of pine, and hopppy notes.

T: The caramel maltiness dominated the palate but had sweet caramel , pine, citrusy accents with nice hoopy bitterness and a touch of booze.

M: The brew was medium to full in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, piney, hoppy, boozy, bitter finish.

D: definitely a sipper due to the ABV but was a great example of a barleywine and was very tasty.

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Photo of ChrisPro
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted blind as part of Blind BIF #3

Bottle #11 of 12 wrapped with a map of Washington state. hint???

12 oz. bottle poured into my new Bruery tulip.

A whiff from the bottle leads me to think barleywine...

A vigorous pour leaves only a quarter inch head. Dark rose in the light, but otherwise appears dark brown with a cream colored head. Carbonation is sticking all over this glass.

Nose is definite pine, grass and lemon. There is a huge malty backbone as well, consisting of caramel, biscuit and a fruit brandy. This definitely needs to warm up...

First sip confirms this as a west coast barley wine. Not as much sweetness as I like and then a huge bitter hop finish. Not much roastiness at all. This is clean sweetness and a lingering bitterness. Kind of a funky hop flavor and I'm thinking something like Columbus (hog heaven, 09 doggie claws) or summit even. A bit strange, but definitely interesting.

Again, this beer packs the heat. Even cold, it's burning the hell out of my throat. This is going to be a long sipper. Carbonation is actually perfect. Enough to bring out some flavor, but drinks very smoothly. Medium bodied and actually a little watery for the flavor it packs. That's really my only complaint about the mouthfeel.

Overall, i can tell that it's well made and a solid barleywine, but there really is just some hop that I don't like. Even with that, plus the heat, it's still surprisingly drinkable.

I'm thinking i've had this before, but mtunnell has managed to keep me on my toes through this entire BIF so I have no idea. If I had to pick one, I'd go with doggie claws.

Reveal: New Glarus Iced Barleywine (Want!)

Jeez, Matt, you're killing it with this BIF! Definitely explains the heat. I don't pick up as much fruitiness as I would've expected from the iced barleywine, and I'm still not sure what that weird bitter hop is. Overall a really cool beer and so happy I got to try it!


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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mikesgroove for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Darkness snifter.

A: Cap opens without so much as a hiss. Pours super viscous and generates a .25 finger off-white head with poor retention. Dissipates into a cluster of big bubbles along the side. Beer is a clear, dark, brownish-amber. Lacing is slightly stringy and spotty with little stick.

S: Nose is deep, subtle, and very sugary. Caramel, toffee, prunes, and brown sugar. Grapes and plum also with a boozy tickle at the end.

T: Opens sweet plums, caramel, and toffee. A bit of toasted malt bitterness in the background with a sharp booziness. Grape and that signature clove/flower New Glarus house yeast taste comes in right at the end. Ends fruity with a lingering rough, brown sugar aftertaste.

M: Full bodied with very little carbonation and very rich. Oily and viscous in the mouth and still a bit of heat going down. Finish is messy with an aftertaste that lingers.

D: I'm used to New Glarus offerings that prominently display their vibrant fruit body and lively mouthfeel... which is why this one doesn't do it for me. It's a solid english barleywine and definitely worth a try but I can't say that its a style that New Glarus successfully dabbled and imparted their own vision in.

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Photo of zeff80
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on 12-13-10.

A - This barleywine was crystal clear with a light burgundy color. It had a very small, tan head of foam that left minimal lacing.

S - Smelled like a boozy barleywine. Sweet caramel with mild floral notes.

T - This had some boozy alcohol heat. Sweet caramel with just enough bitterness to not be overly sweet.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied beer with a potent alcohol punch.

D - This was really powerful despite its age. Nicely done by the folks at New Glarus.

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Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BA TheodorHerzl for this one!

Clear, dark reddish brown with a dense, creamy sand colored head that leaves fine lace on the glass. Raisin, plum and brown sugar with toffee and some alcohol in the aroma. Mega-flavor concentration of dark fruit, alcohol and hop bitterness. Vanilla and butterscotch notes with tobacco-like spiciness open up as the beer warms up a bit. Full bodied and hot on the palatte. This is a really interesting beer and I'm glad I was able to try it.

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Photo of steve8robin
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very psyched to try this one compliments to Jdiddy! 12oz bottle...

A: A beautiful super dakr ruby that is perfectly clear with a nice 1 inch tan head that fades at a decent pace. Very good!

S: Very sweet pineapple upfront blended with raisin and caramel. Some sweet sugary malts follow in the middle with some nice port and grape notes on the backend. Smells sweet. Almost like some kind of fruit juice. Very good.

T: A watery booze burn upfront blended with some sweet caramel. Palate opens up more towards the back where I get some raisin, sugary malt, some breadiness, and very faint hints of toffee and chocolate. Good.

M: Full bodied with a super heavy carbonation feel. Very dry finish on the backend. Decent.

D: The booze wall is definitely there, so once you get oast that you're good. Good.

All in all, I like this brew. This, to me, is what Kuhnhenn BB Barleywine should've been, if not more. If you like boozy brews and barleywines, then give this one a try, you should enjoy it.

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Photo of sulldaddy
2.86/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Got this bottle as part of the Premier league winnings last season. Im pouring at cellar temp.

The beer pours a clear mahogany with thin beige edge layer of foam develops, and creates some tight lattice on the glass when swirled. Aroma is boozy and dark fruit and brown sugar but lots of heat.
First sip is average body with slightly sticky texture. Flavor is caramel and sweet but quickly dominated by hot fusol alcohol.
This beer is a little on the harsh side, beyond a sipper with the heat. I wonder if cellaring even longer would help or if it is a lost cause?
Anybody with additional bottles may send to me for long term storage. ;)

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.08/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have been avoiding this beer for a while for some reason. I finally used 4oz of it in a steak pan sauce (which turned out quite well), so I had to finish the rest. A steady pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces an almost two finger thick, lightly amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a deep red color that shows a brilliantly clear, deeply red stained, copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma, interestingly enough, smells sort of like raisin juice with citrus peel in it that has been spiced with a touch of herbal notes. I am actually quite amazed how un-complex this beer is; this lack of complexity does seem to be a signature note of many of the "special" beers I have had from New Glarus though. The fruit character also reminds me of cherries and the alcohol boosts notes of brandy. As the beer warms it becomes quite a bit more hot and alcoholic, though not overwhelmingly so.

The beer is somewhat sweet, though certainly not as much as one might expect. The beer finishes with a bitter grain character that isn't roast derived, but there all the same. The bitterness is mainly from hop bitterness though, and there is also a light herbal character up front. The finish has some heat to it that makes the hop bitterness a bit harsh, and some this is part of the astringent grain character in the finish too. Flavors of brandy, sweetened red grapes, perhaps a touch of cranberry, rum soaked raisins. This is definitely a thick and viscous brew, it is probably somewhat light considering its alcohol content, but this is most definitely a beer that needs to be sipped slowly. Surprisingly for a beer of this strength there is not a whole lot going on here.

This beer isn't all that bad, but it is overly clean and simplistic. My bet is that this needs a bit more age, it is somewhat like Samichlaus in that it probably won't become drinkable until after at least a couple years. When a beer starts out this simple, and because it is so strong, it really needs a significant amount of oxidation before it has the needed complexity to be tasty and drinkable. To be honest this was uninspiring enough that I don't even care to get another bottle to test my theory out on.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #26:

Going out on the deep end here with a massive Barleywine. Happy two fingers of head; dark, brassy, amber color. Thick aroma of raisins, caramel and a ripe alcoholic fruitiness. Thick and creamy like a cordial, but still bitty from the barley. Clean palate, which is nice to see for such a big beer. Suggestions of raisins, deep caramel and toasted crackers come to mind. Long, sweet flavor. Hops are modest, but pair up with the slightly spicy alcohol to help balance out the sweetness. Sure, there is that raisin/fig flavor here, but that's about it until the alcohol jumps in with a big fume and toasted grain flavor. Sweet, alcoholic, raisiny finish.

A massive beer, but not really that complex as the alcohol mutes some flavors out. Pretty damn tasty from start to finish, but nothing that really jumps at you, which is to no surprise coming from this style.

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Photo of davod23
3.44/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Stone tulip.

The pour is a lovely color. Deep, dark, but still somewhat clear brownish red. A thin off-white cap forms, but with a few minutes recedes to a few wisps of foam. The brew sticks to the insides of the glass, leaving little dimples of foam hanging from the sides. Quite nice looking, and probably the best part of this beer.

Smell. Hmm. Well, this is just... ah, not memorable. The aroma is muted, not nearly as aggressive as I would expect from a beer of this strength. Booze is upfront, and the strongest component of the overall aroma. Searching around, you can make out traces of vanilla, raisin, and perhaps cherry. But these are dominated by alcohol.

Taste is better than the aroma, but not by much. This beer is incredibly earthy, one of the earthiest beers I've tasted. That's unexpected. Boozy. Sweetness up front, but is balanced at the end with hop bitterness. It has a spirit or deep red wine-like quality, though I struggle to identify them exactly.

Mouthfeel seems a little thin, and the carbonation is a bit too aggressive for my tastes. Very warming throughout. My belly feels warm right now, and I'm about halfway through the glass.

Drinkability is just okay. This is going slowly, and I wouldn't want to drink much of this. One bottle is plenty.

This is an okay beer, worth trying, but it didn't knock my socks off. I have two more in the cellar, which I probably won't open for a long while just to see what happens to them. Although the Belgian Red and the Raspberry Tart are flipping phenomenal, I haven't been very impressed with the New Glarus Unplugged Series thus far. I greatly admire their business practice, and have tremendous respect for them, and as such I will continue to seek them out... but this series seems to keep falling short for me.

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Photo of robwestcott
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle a rich dark mahogany brown to a dogfish head signature glass with a very thin short lasting head and nice retention.

sweet and boozy yet also hoppy aroma.

very thick and boozy, hops forward with a big bitter bite followed by malty sweetness and dark fruits.

thick, creamy, smooth.

drinkable enough I suppose but at 13abv a single bottle is enough.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle traded to me at DLD by some guy i didnt catch the name of. thanks, whoever you are. drank from stone IRS glass.

A- this one pours out a rich mahogany colored body with red highlights when held near a light. a rather large beige head rests on top and takes it time receding. large spots of lacing are left behind.

S- the first thing i notice is the massive amount of alcohol. sweet caramel malts come after that. cherries, plums, dates, and raisins also. not overly complex.

T- the alcohol i could smell comes through in the taste. you can easily tell that this one is 13.5%. there are also caramel and toffee malts giving it a nice sweetness. a decent amount of cherries, plums, raisins and dates. a very small amount of earthy/spicy hops at the end.

M- full bodied and really thick. syrupy. palate coating. plenty of warming from the alcohol.

D- it took me a very long time to drink this one. too strong to have more than one of. i hope they brew this again. id like to compare an aged bottle to a fresh batch.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks much to Lance for sharing this bottle. Pours very dark with a slight head. Given the very high abv, that's just fine. Smells quite hot, and with a dusty, grainy dryness- like fresh straw- not unpleasant. tastes hot and sweet, with bright fruit, straw and earth. A bit punchy, but as a sipper it unveils nice clean flavors and is pleasant enough. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an ice tea brown color with the expected modest cap (given the high abv) that fades to a ringlet rather quickly; more legs than lace

Smell: Despite the age on this barleywine, the fusel alcohol aroma still dominates the nose, though there are very interesting caramel, tobacco, fig and cherry notes underneath

Taste: Spice cake and caramel, up front, with a growing fruit (apricot, fig, strawberry and apple) and pith elements developing; by mid-palate, the beer has an intense bitterness, along with a boozy brown sugar character; after the swallow, the earthy caramel flavors settle down the melange to some extent, with a tobacco influence sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation and considerable warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Despite a year or so in the cellar, this beer still hasn't settled down to become the type of English Barleywine I would really admire; perhaps another year will do it justice

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Photo of womencantsail
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to Jeff for sending me this beer many moons ago. I finally opened it up the other day and shared with some fellow snobs.

A: The pour is a nice copper color with very minimal head and carbonation.

S: Plenty of sweet brown sugar, vanilla, alcohol, caramel, and miscellaneous dark fruits. A bit oxidized, but that was to be expected.

T: A very pleasantly sweet flavor with lots of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar notes. The oxidation is mildly chocolatey and there are some good plum, cherry, and fig notes.

M: The body is quite full, but certainly not syrupy. Low carbonation to go with it.

D: For a nearly 14% beer, this drank very easily. Good flavors but the nose wasn't quite up to what I had hoped for. Still pretty good, but a beast of a beer.

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Photo of levifunk
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Matt for this bottle. I never had this when it was released, so I was dying to try it. Had this and NG Tail Wagger, thanks BenC, in the same night (as we were bottling our own iced barleywine concoction).

pours dark brown. low carbonation and head. smell some caramel, but mostly malts. taste isn't nearly as sweet as I would have expected. at 13.5%, there is some alcohol flavor, but it isnt harsh or burning. I assume it has mellowed down quite a bit. the flavor has an almost woody taste running through it, which makes me wonder if it has oxidized.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a nice reddish/brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy/creamy light tan head, with some nice big oil slick and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, very slight hop note, slight cherry note, lots of caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, slight hop note, cherry tart, and caramel. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, the finish is slightly dry/bitter. Drinkable, a pretty tasty BW, way to go NG.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a stemmed glass. No bottled date. A huge thanks to beerwolf77 for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a cloudy brown; almost purple/red color. It also cascaded for a moment or two before creating a good yellow-ish cream colored head that dissipated after a minute or two. One of the darkest looking barleywines I may have every seen.

(S)- A roasted candied fig thing with a light cherry/cranberry fruit background combined with a bit of sweet caramel & butterscotch. Bits of raisins poke through and a damp bark-like wood dryness.

(T)- Precisely what the smell was, only with a hint of cocoa blended into the fruits somehow. Tasty.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A little warmth from the alcohol as it goes down, but is a welcome for the style. A brief bitterness from a near roasted background, but otherwise a fruity/malty beauty.

(D)- A very interesting barleywine. Not sure on the age of this guy, but I am enjoying it at this stage of its life in the bottle. A malt monster with a light bitter, warm feel. Also is one of the fruitier barleywines I have tasted of the style. Took me awhile to finish the bottle just from the strength of it, but I enjoyed every sip.

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Photo of ChadQuest
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wowsa, this is great! in beers this big there is always a bit of hotness, and this one is pretty hot in the level that i find perfect, its not really masked much at all, but the hotness is not degrading as it can be to some beers, it has a flavor that can stand forefront and let other secondary flavors support it, in the same way as fine distilled beverages. very clean finish and thinner then typical mouthfeel for a barlaywine, and i am very dissapointed i didn't get on this stuff sooner! it's another great beer from New Glarus!

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Photo of Wisconsinality
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A- Out of the light, this beers the darkest of dark mahogany brown. In the light it is a lighter brown with some red hues. A half finger worth of head that recedes quickly and leaves no lacing.

S- A big, bold smell of black licorice, and dark fruits. Fig, dates, plum and a little bit of booze. I consider myself lucky I was able to pick this up a year+ after bottling. This one has mellowed quite a bit.

T- A smoothness of dark fruits and black licorice like the nose. Barely any malt or hops to speak of but a small amount of sugar and maybe some molasses. It only gets more complex as it warms. The alcohol is very well hidden and barely even comes into play.

M- Medium bodied with a slight edge toward being close to full bodied. Very smooth and with a little carbonation that is barely noticeable. No bitterness and a little dry on the finish.

D- This is a pretty big beer that was made for sipping. With some age on it, it has mellowed out. I would have liked to try this fresh to see how it compares. I have officially begun my search for more of this . Another good Unplugged from Dan and company at NG.

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Photo of Damian
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from 12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a snifter
Acquired at an in-person trade at Dark Lord Day 2009

The beer poured a deep, dark, nearly clear, crimson-mahogany color with a small, creamy, light tan head that quickly faded to a thin ring of froth. Spotty drops of lacing trickled down the glass with every sip.

The aroma was super rich and smooth. Malts, malts and more malts. Bready and sweet. Fruity with notes of brown sugar and raisins. Peaches and apricots were noticeable as well. A whiff of alcohol appeared as the beer warmed.

The taste was similar to the aroma except a bit sharper on the back end. Malty and rich up front. Fruity and citrusy. Raisins, figs, toffee and brown sugar notes came through strong in the center. Some brandy-like alcohol heat also made its presence known at this point, and it crescendoed as it moved along my palate. The finish was hoppy and crisp. Even after a year of aging, the piney, resiny hops were still rather prominent. This beer was definitely much hoppier than a typical English-style barleywine.

The mouthfeel was smooth, supple and syrupy with a very fine, mild carbonation. I anticipated the liquid to be a bit more viscous for the style however.

Drinkability was good. Although the alcohol presence was definitely noticeable, I would not have pinned it for being 13.5%.

This beer is quite intense. If you like your barleywines sweet, hoppy and boozy, this one may be perfect for you. It definitely makes for a nice nightcap.

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Unplugged Iced Barleywine from New Glarus Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 256 ratings.
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